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Lieut Donald E Benton
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Birth: Nov. 28, 1922
Tulare County
California, USA
Death: Oct. 6, 1943


Second Lieutenant Benton was the pilot of
U.S. Army Air Corps B-24D Liberator
#41-24041, serving with the 382nd Bomb
Group, 538th Bomb Squadron, Pocatello
Army Air Base, Idaho.

Disappeared over water, off the coast of
Oregon or California, while on a training
flight. All ten aboard were missing.

Inducted from Tulare County, California.
Enlisted March 19, 1942 at Minter Field,
Bakersfield, California.

The ten airmen were:

Donald E Benton
John J Boniface
Harry F Brennan, Jr
Joseph L Herrle
Robert H Schmidt
Connie C Hagemeier
Neil L Hall
Norman J Moore
Edward R Pettruny
James B Shelton

Airplane No. 41-24041 took off at0551 MWT on 6 October, 1943 for an overwater training mission from PQ (Pocatello, Idaho) to Klamath Falls, Oregon, Ft Dick, Calif. thence to point overwater 41 Deg 50 Min N - 127 Deg W, to 35 Deg 23 Min N - 127 Deg W, then to Hamilton Field, California. The airplane made its first and only radio position report at 820 PWT 6 October, 1943. In this report the airplane commander reported that he was over Klamath Falls, Oregon at 0730 PWT. No other radio reports were received from the airplane. The airplane did not complete the mission. No further reports were received from any source concerning this aircraft. Responsibility: It was definitely established that there was no lack of command supervision which might have caused the loss of the aircraft. Investigation of existing records, previous form 1a's, disclosed that the life rafts were removed on 1 October, 1943. Forms 1a from 2 October to 5 October do not indicate that the rafts were replaced. Investigation disclosed that entry on Form 1a that rafts were replaced was made and an affidavit to support this statement is attached hereto. An affidavit dated 28 October, 1943 in which the Crew Cheif-M/Sgt James A. Green attested he and M/Sgt Thomas E. Russell reinstalled the life rafts and other emergency equipment at approximately 0300 6 October, 1943. After the equipment was installed M/Sgt Green stated he made the appropriate entries in Form 1A and the Form 41B were in the aircraft when it departed on the final flight. A detailed copy of the briefing and instructions given to the pilot and crew were attached hereto.

Note: Entered the service from California; Tulare County; ASN 0-742660
Created by: Tim Cook
Record added: Oct 06, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118297367


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